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Société Générale de Transport Maritimes (S.G.T.M.)

Formed in 1865 principally to carry iron ore from Bone to Marseilles and Sete and in 1865 also opened services between Marseilles, Algiers and Oran. Passenger services to South America commenced in 1867. In 1907 a subsidiary Compagnie de Navigation France-Amerique was set up. A monthly service to the West Indies commenced in 1915 and was shortly afterwards extended to Gulf of Mexico ports and New Orleans. The company suffered considerable losses in World War I but rebuilt their fleet. They finally ceased passenger operations in 1964 mainly due to the rising popularity of air travel, but continued with cargo trade.

This company also owned the cargo steamer MONT BLANC which they sold in 1907. This was one of the ships involved in the Halifax Explosion in 1917.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (on-site) or the Immigrant Ship web site.

Routes:

  • Marseilles - Genoa - Naples
  • Marseilles - Dakar - Bahia - Rio de Janeiro - Santos - Montevideo - Buenos Aires.
  • Marseilles - Algiers - Point a Pitre - Fort de France - Gulf ports.
  • Marseilles - Oran.
  • Marseilles - Algiers.
  • Marseilles - Bougie.
  • Marseilles - Bone - Philippeville.
  • Marseilles - Sete - Oran - Mostaganem. (cargo only)
  • Marseilles - Algiers - Alicante
  • Marseilles - Oran - Alicante.

Funnel:
Black with broad red band.

Fleet: (All Steamships)

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Algerie 1901 1916 sunk by German submarine UC.22 in Mediterranean. 4,035
Alsace (1) 1866 1892 sunk in collision with s/s FORIA off Marseilles. 1,073
Alsace (2) 1888 ex- Adelaide la Varello, 1899 purchased from La Veloce renamed Alsace, 1921 scrapped. 1,906
Alsina 1921 1942 sunk in German air attack at Bougie. 8,403
Anjou 1868 1887 scrapped. 653
Aquitaine 1890 1927 scrapped. 3,252
Artois 1866 1907 sold to Castanie renamed Algerie. 1,020
Aster 1893 ex- Cayo Mono, 1915 purchased from Cie. Navigation Mixte renamed Aster, 1919 sold to Cie. Paquet. 2,965
Auvergne (1) 1866 1878 lost at Tabarka. 1,016
Auvergne (2) 1879 ex- Vasco da Gama, 1883 purchased renamed Auvergne, 1908 sold to Greece renamed Eurotas. 1,538
Bearn 1881 scrapped at Marseilles in 1901. 4,143
Berry 1884 1907 sold. 1,647
Bourgogne 1865 ex- Uitenhage, 1867 renamed Bourgogne, scrapped at Marseilles in 1896. 3,675
Bretagne (1) 1866 1871 lost in Black Sea. 1,016
Bretagne (2) 1876 1903 wrecked at Bahia, Brazil. 2,209
Bretagne (3) 1951 1960 chartered to Chandris Line, 1961 sold to Chandris Line for Australian emigrant service renamed Brittany. 16,355
Campana 1929 1940 laid up at Buenos Aires, 1943 seized from Vichy France by Argentina at Buenos Aires renamed, renamed Rio Jachal, 1946 returned to owners, renamed Campana, 1955 sold to Italy renamed Irpinia. 10,816
Capitaine Paul Lemerle 1921 1952 sold to Italy renamed Umbro. 4,945
Cavalaire 1943 ex- John S. Bassett, 1947 acquired renamed Cavalaire. 1963 sold to Panama renamed Akri. 7,245
Cordoba 1903 ex- Prinzregent, (German East Africa Line), 1920 war reparations renamed Cordoba, 1932 scrapped. 6,210
Dauphine 1866 1901 sold to Spain renamed Helvetia. 1,020
Espadon 1962 1977 sold to Liberia renamed Lethe. 4,905
Espagne 1891 1923 converted to livestock carrier, 1933 scrapped. 3,952
Flandre 1886 ex- Tijuca, 1911 purchased renamed Flandre, 1927 scrapped. 2,192
Florida 1926 1942 bombed and sunk by German air attack at Bougie, 1944 salvaged and repaired, 1955 sold to Italy renamed Ascania. 9,330
Formosa 1906 1929 scrapped. 4,508
France 1896 1915 shelled and sunk by German submarine U-38 off Sardinia. 4,025
Franche Comte 1866 1910 scrapped. 1,020
Gouverneur General Laferriere 1923 1935 sold to A. Klaguine, Marseilles. 3,453
Gouverneur General Tirman 1922 1935 transferred from Cie. Navigation Mixte, 1943 German Hospital Ship Tubingen, 1944 sunk in British air attack in Adriatic. 3,509
Guaruja 1921 1938 wrecked on Cape de Gate, Spain. 4,282
Hyeres 1943 ex- Benjamin R. Milan, 1947 acquired renamed Hyeres, 1960 sold to Liberia renamed Duero. 7,244
Ile de France 1882 ex- Burgemeester Den Tex, 1903 purchased from Nederland S.S. Co. renamed Ile de France, 1914 sold to Spain renamed Urguito. 3,358
Ipanema 1921 1942 seized by Germany and allocated to Italy renamed Villarosa, 1943 sunk in Allied air attack on Naples, 1945 salvaged by Italy and renamed Taurinia. 4,282
Italie 1894 1929 scrapped. 3,966
La France 1870 1895 scrapped. 3,246
Languedoc 1884 1916 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat in Mediterranean. 1,653
Le Lavandou 1943 ex- John N. Robins, 1946 chartered renamed Le Lavandou, 1948 transferred to Cie des Transports Oceaniques. 7,176
Les Alpes 1892 ex- British Princess, 1895 purchased from British Shipowners Ltd renamed Les Alpes, 1909 scrapped. 3,986
Les Andes 1892 ex- British Prince, 1895 purchased from British Shipowners Ltd renamed Les Andes, 1908 scrapped. 3,975
Lorraine 1866 1902 sold to Italy renamed Partenope. 1,020
Maine 1896 ex- Tadorna, 1909 purchased from Cork SS Co, Cork renamed Maine, 1931 scrapped. 1,482
Marocain 1852 1866 purchased from Teissier & Co, 1868 scrapped. 840
Mendoza 1920 1941 captured from Vichy France by HMS ASTURIAS, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U-178 East of Durban, while operated by the MOWT managed by Alfred Holt & Co (Blue Funnel Line). 8,199
Mira 1895 ex- Cayo Blanco, 1915 purchased from Cie. Navigation Mixte renamed Mira, 1916 sunk by U-Boat near Sicily. 3,050
Mont Agel (1) 1911 1914 sunk in South Atlantic by German raider KRONPRINZ WILHELM. 4,617
Mont Agel (2) 1920 1943 sunk in Allied air attack at Bastia. 4,572
Mont Agel (3) 1950 1961 sold to Formosa (Taiwan) renamed Tai Hsing. 5,549
Mont Aigoual (1) 1900 ex- Burgermeister von Melle (Siemers & Co, Hamburg), 1922 war reparations renamed Mont Aigoual, 1924 scrapped. 4,496
Mont Aigoual (2) 1920 ex- Sunhaven, 1925 purchased from Mitchell, Cotts & Co, London renamed Mont Aigoual, 1934 sold to Soc. Anon de Gerance et d'Armement renamed Miliana. 2,954
Mont Aigoual (3) 1956 ex- Holthav, 1964 purchased from Norway renamed Mont Aigoual, 1975 sold to Greece renamed Doros. 9,204
Mont Blanc (1) 1899 1906 sold to Anquetil, 1915 to French Line, 1917 blew up at Halifax. 3,121
Mont Blanc (2) 1956 ex- Sunoak, 1961 purchased from Norway renamed Mont Blanc, 1972 sold to Liberia renamed Polydora. 8,590
Mont Cenis (1) 1900 1907 sold to H. E. Moss & Co, Liverpool renamed Sefton. 3,250
Mont Cenis (2) 1911 1934 scrapped. 4,617
Mont Cenis (3) 1955 ex- Sungran, 1961 purchased from Norway renamed Mont Cenis, 1975 sold to Greece renamed Achaion. 8,587
Mont Cervin 1905 ex- Phoenix, 1906 purchased from Hoyland & Co, London renamed Mont Cervin, 1928 sold to Greece renamed Cardamyla. 3,576
Mont Dore 1903 ex- Freshwater, 1925 purchased from H. E. Moss & Co, London renamed Mont Dore, 1928 sold to Greece. 4,238
Mont Everest 1918 ex- Mount Everest, 1923 purchased from H. E. Moss & Co., Liverpool renamed Mont Everest, 1953 sold to Panama renamed Lagos Erie. 5,120
Mont Genevre 1918 ex- Mount Berwin, 1925 purchased from H. E. Moss & Co, London renamed Mont Genevre, 1934 sold to Greece renamed Neion. 5,154
Mont Kemmel 1910 ex- Rendsburg, 1920 war reparations renamed Mont Kemmel, 1934 sold to Greece renamed Dimitrios Chandris. 4,643
Mont Pelvoux 1907 1933 scrapped. 4,206
Mont Rose 1902 1924 went missing with all hands on passage Oran to Havre. 3,848
Mont Ventoux (1) 1904 ex- Durndale, 1906 purchased from H. E. Moss & Co, Liverpool renamed Monte Ventoux, 1910 sold to French Line. 3,233
Mont Ventoux (2) 1939 ex- Indochinois, 1957 purchased from French Line renamed Mont Ventoux, 1964 sold to Greece renamed Ambassade. 8,564
Mont Viso (1) 1911 1917 sunk by U-Boat off Cherchel. 4,819
Mont Viso (2) 1921 1943 sunk by U-Boat near Tenes. 4,531
Mont Viso (3) 1951 1961 sold to Formosa (Taiwan) renamed Tai Lung. 5,549
Monte D'Oro 1904 1906 purchased from Cia. Mediteraneenne de Nav., 1910 sold to Sec. de Transports Bretons. 296
Navarre 1881 1882 wrecked near Marseilles. 4,122
Nivernais 1882 ex- Sumatra, 1901 purchased from Nederland S.S. Co. renamed Nivernais, 1918 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat near Cape Bengut, Mediterranean. 2,355
Normandie 1866 1875 wrecked on south coast of France. 1,020
Numidie (1) 1863 1866 purchased from Teissier & Co, 1882 sold to Spain renamed Pepe Ramos. 471
Numidie (2) 1883 ex- Santiaguena, 1899 purchased renamed Numidie, 1903 sold to Indo-China renamed Kampot. 832
Orleanais 1882 ex- Lombok, 1901 purchased from Nederland S.S. Co. renamed Orleanais, 1909 scrapped after collision with VILLE D'ALGER (French Line). 2,553
Pampa 1906 1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB-51 off Malta. 4,471
Parana 1908 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Greece. 6,248
Picardie 1865 ex- Albany, 1867 purchased renamed Picardie, 1876 sold to Valery, France, 1881 to French Line. 3,675
Plata 1907 1931 scrapped. 5,577
Poitou (1) 1867 1893 scrapped. 1,926
Poitou (2) 1883 ex- Soembing, 1903 purchased from Rotterdam Lloyd renamed Poitou, 1907 wrecked on coast of Uruguay; loss of 20 lives. 2,453
Provence (1) 1884 1927 scrapped. 3,941
Provence (2) 1950 1961 chartered to Costa Line, 1965 sold to Costa Line renamed Enrico C. 15,889
Rigel 1899 ex- Abbey Holme, 1915 purchased from Cie. Navigation Mixte renamed Rigel, 1927 scrapped. 3,365
Russie 1897 1915 sold to Finland renamed Urania. 1,934
Salta 1911 1917 mined and sunk off Havre while serving as British Hospital Ship. 7,250
Savoie (1) 1854 ex- Cristobal Colon, 1867 purchased renamed Savoie, 1891 scrapped. 2,588
Savoie (2) 1889 ex- Citta di Genova, 1899 purchased from La Veloce renamed Savoie, 1927 scrapped. 1,901
Sidi Abdallah 1881 ex- Agios Georgios, 1917 purchased renamed Sidi Abdallah, 1922 sunk in collision off Carthagena. 1,188
Sidi Aich 1956 1965 sold to Philippines renamed Guimaras. 2,385
Sidi Aissa 1927 1957 sold to Italy renamed Rosaetnea. 2,586
Sidi Bel Abbes (1) 1929 1943 sunk by U-Boat in Mediterranean. 4,392
Sidi Bel Abbes (2) 1948 1963 sold to Hellenic Mediterranean Lines renamed Apollonia. 5,226
Sidi Brahim 1910 1951 sold to Turkey renamed Umran (Costa Rica flag) 2,427
Sidi Ferruch (1) 1901 ex- Rubi, 1915 purchased from Philippines SS Co, Manila, renamed Sidi Ferruch, 1915 sunk by U-Boat near Algiers. 2,537
Sidi Ferruch (2) 1914 ex- Anatoly Moltchanoff, 1925 purchased from Russian S.N & Trading Co, Odessa renamed Sidi Ferruch, 1934 scrapped. 2,746
Sidi Ferruch (3) 1949 no further info. 3,760
Sidi Mabrouk (1) 1906 ex- Phrygie, 1933 purchased from Schiaffino, Algiers renamed Sidi Mabrouk, 1943 seized by Germany, transferred to Italy renamed Sassara, 1946 sank at Bastia. 3,883
Sidi Mabrouk (2) 1949 no further info. 3,988
Sidi Okba (1) 1929 1942 seized by Italy renamed Caserta, 1943 sunk at Naples, salvaged and renamed Luana, 1958 scrapped. 2,824
Sidi Okba (2) 1947 sold to Typaldos, Greece renamed Mediterranean II. 3,925
Touareg 1865 1874 sold to Roux & de Fraissinet. 800
Touraine 1866 1901 sold to Italy renamed Vesuvio. 1,020
Valdivia 1911 1933 scrapped. 7,168
Vega 1898 ex- Gambia, 1915 purchased from Cie. Navigation Mixte renamed Vega, 1916 sunk by U-Boat near Barcelona. 2,957
Victor Schoelcher 1938 1939 fitted as Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1942 sunk at Diego Suarez as Bougainville. 4,510
Ville de Buenos Aires 1865 ex- Wasp, 1867 purchased renamed Ville de Buenos Aires, 1868 sold. 536
Ville de Nice 1852 1867 purchased from Cie. Imperiale, 1873 wrecked Sardinia. 378

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